MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections or Comelec said that the repeated postponement of barangay and Sangguniang youth elections in the country is not a threat to democracy.
In Kapihan sa Manila Bay, Commission on Elections or Comelec Spokesperson Atty. John Rex Laudiangco, that the postponement of the barangay and SK elections is allowed under Article 10 of the 1987 Constitution.
Laudiangco also emphasized that when it comes to political matters, the Comelec is only an executor and political matters are left to Congress or the Executive, particularly the postponement of elections.
According to Laudinagco, the postponement of the Barangay and SK polls cannot be said to be a “threat” or a threat to democracy because the “framers” of the Constitution would not have included it if it was a threat to democracy.
He said the poll body respects the Congress that is promoting the postponement of the pambarangay and SK elections, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There are budgets that have not been released since all [of the allocation] was dedicated to the COVID-19 pandemic response,” Laudingco said
He also said that the issue of Barangay and SK is personal so people’s emotions are high because the process is too rooted in the house and the community.
Laudinagco said that since 2018, this is the third time the barangay and SK elections have been postponed should Pangulng Ferdinand Marcos Jr. sign the postponement of the 2022 BSKE. Jocelyn Tabangcura-Domenden
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